Medical Laboratory Technician
Associate in Applied Science
Medical laboratory technicians participate in helping find the causes of illness and disease by performing tests like microbiology, urinalysis, hematology, and chemistry. Medical laboratory technicians, or MLTs, work in the laboratories of hospitals, healthcare clinics, medical diagnostic labs, or physician offices.
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Instruction in the program prepares students for the work they’ll be doing after graduation as well as the board examination required for employment. Clinical rotations are offered at over 20 Illinois laboratories in the Central Illinois region.
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Medical Laboratory Technician
if Full Time
65 Total Credit Hours
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How Do I Get Into the Medical Laboratory Technician Program?
Take your love of science and interest in healthcare into a career as a Medical Laboratory Technician. Talk to an Admissions representative to learn how to get started.
- Complete our quick admissions application.
- Submit supplemental application.
- Apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
- Apply for ICC Scholarships. Just 1 application for over 600 scholarships.
- High school coursework in English, math, and chemistry is beneficial.
- Mandatory observation in a clinical laboratory or MLT student laboratory, or completion of MLT 100 or MLT 110.
What Can I Expect as a Medical Laboratory Technician Student?
- A quality program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
- Graduates of the program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree and are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification (BOC) Exam of the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP).
- Graduates may qualify to apply to the Histotechnology program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Histotechnicians prepare tissue samples for disease diagnosis by a pathologist.
- Alumni of the program work in hospital laboratories at UnityPoint Health, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, and other regional hospitals and laboratories.
NAACLS requires the publication of program outcomes for the last 3 consecutive years. The benchmarks which must be met to retain accreditation are:
- Graduation rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of students who begin the final half of the program successfully graduate.
- ASCP Board of Certification Exam Pass Rates – NAACLS requires a 75% or greater pass rate.
- Graduate Placement Rates – NAACLS requires that 70% of graduates either find employment in the field or closely related field (for those who seek employment) or continue their education within one year.
Graduation Rate (based on final half of the program)
|No. who began the final half||5||5||3|
|No. who began final half and graduated||5||5||3|
|3 Year Average||100%|
Board Certification Exam Pass Rate
|No. of graduates||5||5||3|
|No. who sat for BOC within 1 year||5||3||3|
|No. who passed BOC within 1 year||5||3||3|
|3 Year Average||100%|
Graduation Placement Rate (Employment)
|No. graduates who responded||5||4||3|
|3 Year Average||100%|
Graduation and Board of Certification Examination Eligibility
Once all program requirements are met, students graduate from the MLT program, earn an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Medical Laboratory Technician, and are eligible to sit for the National Board of Certification (BOC) Exam of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), to become certified as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT). Graduation is not contingent upon passing the BOC exam.
Essential Skills and Abilities
The below information is necessary for an MLT student to meet the requirements of the curriculum. Potential students are invited to meet with the Program Director and/or the Dean to discuss any issues associated with meeting or not meeting these requirements.
- Ability to discriminate color differences/variations. Reading color chemical reactions, identifying organisms, and differentiating blood cells depend on the student’s ability to see color, changes in color, shape, and texture differences.
- Ability to read and comprehend clinical textbooks, procedures, numbers, and graphs displayed in prints or on a video monitor.
- Ability to communicate, not only in speech but also in reading and writing, with faculty, classmates, patients, physicians, and other health care professionals in a positive, tactful manner.
- Ability to manipulate glass slides, tourniquets, needles, small tubes, and collection devices. (MLT students must have the dexterity to handle and manipulate safely and properly small phlebotomy devices to be able to complete the required objectives.)
- Ability to stand, walk, and bend repeatedly throughout an eight (8) hour period. (MLT students will be required to travel quickly throughout the institution collecting specimens at the bedside, chairside, and at times in difficult-to-reach situations.)
D. INTELLECTUAL-CONCEPTUAL ABILITIES
- Ability to analyze procedural tasks. Problem solving skills and critical thinking are essential to function in a clinical laboratory.
- Ability to recognize emergency situations and take appropriate actions in a timely manner.
E. BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES
- Ability to maintain patient confidentiality and to exercise ethical judgment, integrity, honesty, dependability, and accountability in the performance of their laboratory responsibilities.
- Ability to adapt to changing environment and technology.
- Ability to maintain composure and continue phlebotomy procedures when subjected to high stress levels. (MLT students will be subjected to difficult, high stress situations in the Emergency Room, Intensive Care areas, Pediatrics, etc…, and must be able to complete the procedures safely and appropriately.)
- Verification of satisfactory health through completion of the physical examination.
Please download and review our handbook specifically created for ICC Medical Laboratory Technician program students.
- General Program Information
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What if I am working while going to school?
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